Honeymoons are often associated with tropical destinations. Yes, most people try to find some after-wedding romance in an idyllic beach setting. There is certainly nothing wrong with this, but there are plenty of other options for honeymoons away from the beach. Some of the most romantic destinations are not at all tropical and are actually at their most atmospheric during the wintertime. So rather than shying away from destinations that don't fit the honeymoon stereotype, it can be a good idea to think outside the box and try these wintertime honeymoon destinations.
With a strong European ambiance, classic architecture and plenty of wintertime activities, this Canadian city is a popular choice for North American vacationers. Honeymooners can find romance in a cosy cafe, delicious restaurant, ice skating rink, or the atmospheric Lower Town (Basse Ville) shopping streets. Quebec City has a great mix of Old World style, north-woods quaintness and cosmopolitan flair. This diversity means that a couple can find whatever type of experiences they are looking for on their honeymoon. Unique hotels like the Auberge Le Vincent offer the perfect accommodations for newlyweds as well.
Couples with a passion for skiing might choose a world-class ski destination like Innsbruck, Austria for their honeymoon. Yes, the amazing slopes and easy access to numerous ski resorts make this an ideal destination for ski lovers, but there is much more to this alpine metropolis. Skating rinks, holiday markets, wonderful classic architecture, and plenty of great restaurants and shopping streets give Innsbruck a lot of attractiveness away from the slopes. That said, the classic chalets, lodges and the cozy apres-ski venues in the alps above the city are the perfect places for a romantic evening after a day on the slopes or an afternoon on the sightseeing trail.
Aspen, Colorado is another winter-time hotspot that is known for its skiing. Yes, you will find some of the best slopes in North America here, but you will also get to enjoy some some non-sports winter attractions. With plenty of accommodations, spas, shopping, restaurants, and non-alpine wintertime activities, Aspen has a little bit of something for everyone. What couple wouldn't like the idea of relaxing in a jacuzzi in their slope-side ski-in-ski-out condo after a day on the slopes or an afternoon exploring the other attractions of Aspen. Besides skiing, other honeymoon activities, like a candlelight dinner or a horse-drawn sleigh ride, can find their way onto the agenda for newlyweds.
For people in the Northern Hemisphere, December, January and February are winter months. But south of the Equator, it is summertime. For those seeking a warm-weather vacation away from the beach, a good option is Buenos Aires, Argentina. Honeymooners can come here to experience the same kind of atmosphere that inspired the tango, one of the world's most sensual dance styles. Visitors can watch professional tango dancers, or take to the floor themselves after a few quick lessons. Buenos Aires has some amazing architecture and plenty of places for shopping, eating and nightlife. The city will certainly be the center of most honeymooners' itineraries, but there are also wineries and vineyard areas near BA that would fit well on a romance-themed holiday.
Another even-more-exotic honeymoon option can be found on the far side of the world. Hokkaido, Japan is a land of ski resorts, deep snow and hot springs. Honeymooners can choose the neon lit shopping streets of Hokkaido, one of Japan’s most laid-back cities, or they can head to this island's famous mountains for some skiing and spa treatments (and to soak in naturally heated hot tubs).
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